Shooting a GoPro Timelapse

Chris Lavigne


The GoPro camera makes it easy to get started with timelapses:

By now, you’ve probably seen your fair share of timelapse videos: cityscapes, epic nature scenes, construction sites. Manipulating time in this fashion is almost always fun to watch, and applying this technique to a scene or event in your workplace is an engaging way to capture office life.

Every GoPro has a timelapse function built in. Shooting a timelapse video can be almost entirely hands-off, but some preparation is necessary to get the best results:

  • Use a tripod and lock pan and tilt so nothing will move.
  • Consider the duration of what you’re shooting and adjust the interval accordingly.
  • Make sure you have a good size SD card and a full battery.

The timelapse function will leave you with a bunch of JPEG images on your SD card that need to be combined and turned into a video. We made short screencasts that walk you through how to do this in the GoPro Studio App, Adobe Premiere, Final Cut X, and iMovie.

This week, Wistia is saluting the GoPro. If you’re just tuning in, start from the top.

Chris Lavigne


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